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After loss to UST, UP gets its act together and turns back San Sebastian

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Mary Bautista also stepped up for the Lady Maroons, with the outside hitter taking on a new role as libero.“We worked on the passing so we had to introduce a different libero to help Rem (Altomea),” said UP coach Godfrey Okamu. Bautista came up with 10 excellent receptions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I think she (Bautista) held up pretty nicely and she is loud on court so that is what is needed for a libero,” Okumu added.It was a big morale boost for the Lady Maroons, who suffered a 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 26-24 defeat at the hands of the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses on Sunday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fresh twist, Philippines dwarfs China to top group In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES But while UP was all out in climbing back to solo fourth spot, San Sebastian appeared to have lacked the necessary fight altogether, absorbing its fourth setback in as many matches to occupy the lowest rung in the standings.Earlier, National University picked up its fourth win in as many games by beating UP, 25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, in men’s division.The Maroons fell to 2-2.Far Eastern University dealt Adamson its first defeat after scoring a 15-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 17-15 victory.The Tamaraws climbed to 2-2, while the Falcons slid to 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal San Beda survived Arellano, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, in the other men’s match to improve to 2-2, while inflicting a fourth straight loss on its victims.The Lady Maroons were coming off a loss to the Tigresses, and saw their two-game run snapped. UP took the first set but could not match the intensity of UST the rest of the way.Eya Laure, the up-and-coming star for the Tigresses and sister of club league star EJ Laure, had 18 points to spearhead the UST attack, which put the España-based club within a win of an outright semifinal berth in this tournament that serves as a preseason tuneup for collegiate squads.Laure got ample help from Tin Francisco and Carla Sandoval who pumped in 16 and 12 points, respectively for UST.UST, which is trying to regain its championship form after years of lethargy, displayed a measure of spunk after recovering from a first-set loss and taking the next two frames with plenty to spare.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All eyes are on Marian Buitre of UP as she attempts to drive a point past Shannai Shane Requierme and Joyce Sta. Rita of San Sebastian.—AUGUST DELA CRUZUniversity of the Philippines bolted back to contention after downing San Sebastian, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.Marian Buitre and Lorielyn Bernardo each drilled in 10 points to power the Lady Maroons, who also got eight from Arielle Estranero, taking the slack from the usually high-scoring captain Isa Molde who was limited to just seven points.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Crane woman murdered in home

first_img– ex-lover in custody Police in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) have arrested two suspects following theShurpugan was found in a pool of blood in her one-bedroom bottom-flat apartmentLatchminie “Radika” Shurpuganmurder of a Crane, West Coast Demerara (WCD) woman, who was found with several stab wounds about her body.The dead woman has been identified as Latchminie Shurpugan, called “Radika”; a security guard of Lot 3233 Crane Housing Scheme, WCD.Guyana Times understands that the woman, who lives alone, was found in a pool of blood in her kitchen when Police responded to reports on Monday night. She reportedly sustained two stab wounds – one to her right hand and the other to her right foot – along with abrasions about her body.According to reports, Shurpugan was heard screaming in her bottom flat one bedroom apartment sometime around 22:00h on Monday. The Police was alerted but before they arrived, a male was seen exiting the apartment.The perpetrator reportedly jumped the fence and made good his escape, this newspaper was told. However, on Tuesday morning investigators arrested two persons who are in custody assisting with the investigations. One of the suspects had shared a common-law relationship with the deceased but the union ended early in May.The woman, who lives in the upper flat of the house told this publication that on the night in question, she and Shurpugan had a conversation something around 21:00h and everything seems fine before they went to their respective apartments a few minutes after.“Sometime later, she called for me like normal but I was on the phone so I didn’t answer but like about half an hour after, she shouted “ow my god na do that” and then there was a loud knocking on the door as if the person knock her into the door,” the neighbour related, while adding that “she (Shurpugan) screamed for me twice so I got up from bed and called out for her but she didn’t respond; so then I called her landline phone but there was no answer still and then I call the station.”The woman said that she stayed up waiting to hear if there was any sound coming from the bottom flat and after about 30 minutes, someone opened the door. “The person that was in there, came out and just blew their nose, jumped the fence and get away,” she recalled.The still traumatised woman further explained that she did not see who the persons was as she reminded in her bedroom with her children and was too afraid to investigate what was happening. However, she noted that she was able to ascertain how Shurpugan’s killer escaped since she heard the fence rattle, adding that the gate was stilled chained.The woman said that Shurpugan showed no signs of distress when they spoke earlier nor did she indicate that she was fearful of being harmed.Meanwhile, Guyana Times understands that the woman is known to have many male friends visiting her and did not share a close relationship with her relatives because of this. It was also reported that the woman was recently in a relationship with a man called “Mark” of Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, WBD.According to information reaching this newspaper, the man had even moved in with Shurpugan last December but the two were constantly fighting, reportedly over another woman he was with before, as such, the now dead woman had asked him to move out.The body of 49-year-old Latchminie Shurpugan is at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

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GoL, UN Women Sign Agreement to Support Gender Responsive Planning, Budgeting

first_imgDeputy Finance Minister for Budget, Tanneh Brunson (third from Right) said the GRPB Coordination Unit will focus on developing more effective responses as part of global efforts to achieving the SDGs regarding gender equity. The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Women (UN Women), to support the national Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting Coordination Units (GRPB) initiatives in agencies of government through the National Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting Coordination Unit, recently established at MFDP.The agreement is in the amount of ninety-eight thousand United States dollars (US$98,000.00), which will basically be use to develop a performance roadmap, consultancy for GRPB agencies, and for the operation of the units in these agencies.Under this agreement, initial funding of about US$98,000 has been allocated through the Spotlight Initiative, over the next two years to ensure that Liberia fulfills its commitment to inclusive growth and development.The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership with the Government and civil society of Liberia which is designed, supported and funded by the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.Thus, said amount is earmarked for activities in three Government agencies (Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection).Funding will go towards setting up GRPB Units at the three entities, conducting capacity needs assessment, development of SOPs, raising awareness, provide consultancy services and allowances for staff, as well as office support services.The GRPB Coordination Units is currently at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, with same units expected to be launched at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection. The unit’s establishment came about through collaboration with development partners, and as part of efforts to mainstream gender in Liberia’s development approach.At the signing ceremony, UN Women-Liberia Country Representative, Madam Marie Goreth Nizigama, lauded Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Tanneh G. Brunson, for her steadfast commitment and approach towards the development of the GRPB policy, as well as the Government of Liberia’s renewed commitment for gender equality.Madam Nizigama said the GRPB Coordination Unit is an important mechanism for the Pro Poor Agenda because it will provide greater information, strategy and tools that bring together gender equality.According to her, the signing of the LoA, according to her is the first step of GRPB initialization institutionalization in these three agencies of government. Women and girls rights, she said, will be promoted, while at the same time helping the government to be more efficient and effective in the delivery of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.The UN Women Country Rep. pointed out that GRPB is an important mechanism for ensuring greater consistency between the Government’s Pro Poor Agenda (PAPD), economic growth and social commitments.She added that, “implementation of GRPB initiatives will lead to a more efficient use of limited resources; it provides better information for policymaking and ensures better and more equitable budgeting. GRPB is an integral part of Public Financial Management Reform process”.Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Tanneh G. Brunson, said it was necessary to advocate for gender mainstreaming and equity as government prepares to implement its national development plan, the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Brunson added that Liberia has come a long way in understanding the concept of gender-responsive planning and budgeting and in recognizing the importance, has developed and adopted the implementation of GRPB. The policy defines a clear roadmap for mainstreaming GRPB into our Public Financial Management (PFM) processes and provides a framework to guide our work.She noted that strong commitment and determination was shown in the policy design and institutional structures to address gender inequalities in the country PFM practices.The Deputy Minister lauded UN Women and the European Union for their support to inclusive growth and development. She said the GRPB Coordination Unit will focus on developing more effective responses as part of global efforts to achieving the SDGs regarding gender equity.As part of the GRPB initiatives, through the agreement, there will be focus on developing a more effective response to violence against women and girls and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights, through innovative approaches, effective and coordinated institutions, equitable access to integrated care services, and strengthened and dynamic women’s rights organizations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New Gaming Authority Board gets Cabinet approval

first_imgGovernment has given its approval to a new Gaming Authority of Guyana which convened its first official meeting on Tuesday. The members of the new Board include Roysdale Forde, who will serve as Chairman; Christine King; George Vaughn; and Geeta Chandan-Edmond. The group during the meeting pledged to fulfil the mandate which has been assigned to them. They also committed to ensuring that their operations are conducted in a manner that is fair, transparent and which adheres to the laws, rules andregulations which governs the Authority.The Gaming Authority of Guyana is a statutory body established under the Gambling Prevention Act of Guyana and is vested with the power to regulate Casino operations in the country. The new members will serve for a period of two years, with effect from March 1, 2016, to February 28, 2018.The Authority was established in December 2008 under Section 32 (1) C of the Gaming Prevention Amendment Act, and is responsible for the issuance of licences under Section 32 of the Act; the monitoring of casino operations here; the administration of regulations made under the act and advising the Minister with respect to the administration of the regulations or any other relevant matter.In February 2009, the Gaming Authority issued a premises licence to Georgetown Investment and Management Services Inc for the establishment of a casino and an operator’s licence to the former Princess Hotel Casino. The Gambling Prevention Law amended in 2007 allows only registered guests of the hotel and overseas nationals to be patrons of the casino. There has over the years been widespread objection to the legislation from members of the religious community, who argued that there are serious societal ills connected with gambling.It was said that having such a facility here could lead to economic ruin. The Act states that contravention or failure to comply with the regulations will result in conviction and could lead to fines of not less than million or more than million, and imprisonment for terms of not less than six months or more than two years. The legislation allows for the issuance of casino premises licences to a new hotel or resort complex with a minimum of 150 rooms ideal for accommodation.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo had said at the opening of the Princess Casino that while he was not in support of gambling, he believes that Guyanese need to be able to exercise their constitutional right to freedom of choice.last_img read more

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Funny Car foes feel the Force

first_imgTony Schumacher remained first in Top Fuel dragster at 4.472 for his third No. 1 spot at the Winternationals. Greg Anderson rebounded to take the Pro Stock top spot at 6.634 at a track record 209.04. It was his 52nd career No. 1 effort. Ashley Force was on the bubble when San Dimas’ Jeff Arend ran a career-best 4.795. That run put the elder Force in the precarious position of extending his streak of 392 consecutive starts, the all-time NHRA record, and bumping his daughter. Much to the delight of the crowd, Force came through with a solid 4.709 that advanced him from 19th to second – for the moment. Force eventually finished fourth. “It was painful,” he said. “But you just put your foot down and go to get into the show. I just hate that number (the qualifying streak). It gets into your head.” Nine minutes later, father and daughter were happy again. Ashley improved her time to a career-best 4.790 to climb to 13th. She dropped to 15th by the time the session ended. “This day has been so intense,” she said. “It’s easy to say that you aren’t going to get nervous. I was so conflicted watching dad in front of me. I wanted him to get in the show, but I didn’t want to get bumped out. “The numbers thing was in my head, too. Thankfully, everything worked out. It couldn’t have been any better. I’m glad all of us (John, Ashley, Force Racing teammates Robert Hight and Eric Medlen) are in the show.” That almost was too much for Force. “It’s just a great day; it means so much to put all four cars in the show,” said Force, the team owner. “It’s the greatest show on Earth, and all I wanted was to be in the show, and I wanted her to be in.” There is a drawback, however. Ashley will face Hight, her brother in law, in the first round. “I’m excited to race against Robert,” said Ashley, who avoided a first-round match against her father when Scelzi and Ron Capps posted their final numbers. “The only thing I know is that for the first time ever, my little niece (Autumn Danielle) is not going to be rooting for me.” Dad is another matter. “I told Robert to go out and get her,” Force said of the matchup. “She had to earn the right to race. I told her she has to go earn the right to beat Robert.” Force, however, thinks his daughter has a bright future. “She’s a trooper and smoked it right down the track,” Force said of the pressure-packed qualifying run. “She’s learned the drill. Everybody out there wanted Ashley and me to qualify. I believe in the long run she’s going to be as good as me, a great star for the sport. “I took a chance, and today she proved she can hold her own in a man’s sport.” There are seven men who will be watching today. Chino Hills’ Del Worsham did not qualify for the opener and joined veterans Gary Densham, Tony Bartone and Kenny Bernstein on the list of those who missed out. “It’s unbelievable that we come out here, and the same horror show we lived through last year is right back in my face, missing by inches or missing by a thousandth or two,” Worsham said. “I know it was a big dramatic deal out there, with both John and Ashley Force having to bump their way in, but I have to say that the only drama I cared about was what was going to happen with us. And that drama ended badly.” Arend felt sorry that Worsham, who gave him a job over the winter, missed the top 16. “I feel horrible for Del, and if I had any control over it I’d gladly take the DNQ on my side to let him race, but it just doesn’t work that way,” Arend said. “With this being the quickest field ever, it was going to be very tough on a few good teams.” louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing the possibility of starting the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series season on the sidelines, the 14-time champion and his 24-year-old rookie daughter qualified on their final attempts for today’s Winternationals. They will be in the quickest 16-car Funny Car field in NHRA history. There were plenty of twists and turns in the fourth and final qualifying session, with six drivers getting bumped out of the field. Almost lost was Gary Scelzi’s run of 4.692 seconds at a sizzling 333.49 mph for the top qualifying spot. center_img POMONA – In perhaps the most dramatic, pressure-packed Saturday qualifying session since NHRA drag racing started at Pomona Raceway 47 years ago, father and daughter delivered. That allowed the crowd of more than 25,000 and two generations of Force racing – John and Ashley – to breathe a sigh of relief. last_img read more

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Making more childcare spaces available for families in Fort St. John

first_imgInvesting in child care and early childhood education is a shared priority between the government and the BC Green caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement. More new spaces will be announced as projects are approved.“Our partnership with the Peace River North School District fully recognizes, values and is proactive in ensuring that parents, families and children experience both a smooth connection and transition between child care and education. Fostering quality early learning is a value and goal that we are working collaboratively together to achieve.” Amanda Alexander, CEO, YMCA of Northern BCFor more information about Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare; CLICK HERE For information about YMCA of Northern BC child care; CLICK HEREFor view, more about Childcare BC; CLICK HEREAdvertisement At Wiggles and Giggles, an emotion coach has introduced the children to a program called Tucker the Turtle to promote social skills, help the children learn and manage their emotions, and how to interact with others. The care facility also provides children with morning and afternoon snacks and also supplies lunch to children in need at no additional cost to parents.“We’ve been trying to expand our current facility for the last five years and the funding from the Province made it possible for us to move forward with this growth,” said Adam Reaburn, owner, Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare. “This facility is helping to fill some of the need in our community and we’re excited to help.”Advertisement Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Daycare will be operated by the YWCA. The School District 60 has ensured spaces at the centre will be held for children of employees from Fort St. John Regional Hospital located across the street. The partnership with Northern Health will help in recruiting and retaining health professionals.“School District 60 has a long, successful history of innovative community partnerships, and the Board of Education is thrilled that the Province has provided capital support for a second daycare facility to be attached to our newest elementary school,” said Ida Campbell, board chair, School District 60. “The additional daycare spaces will help with recruitment and retention of community employees who require much-needed child care services. We are pleased to again work with the YMCA of Northern BC as licence holder.”Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, child care providers can apply at any time throughout the year under a new continuous application process.According to the government as part of the Province’s Childcare BC plan, the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is part of the commitment to provide B.C. families with access to affordable, quality child care when they want or need it. Since July 2018, the Province has funded more than 4,900 new licensed child care spaces through Childcare BC.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two new child care facilities have opened in Fort St. John, providing the opportunity for parents who are in need of childcare to pursue schooling or work.Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, the Province is investing $1.2 million to help create new spaces for child options. Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare received $198,525 which help create 52 spaces with the completion of their second location, which opened in April 2019.Expecting to open in July 2020, the Peace River North School District 60 received $1 million for 61 spaces at Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Daycare.- Advertisement -“As the population of Fort St. John continues to grow, so does the need for more quality, licensed child care spaces,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “This funding, and the 113 spaces it will create, allows parents to embrace new opportunities and plan a brighter future for their families.” To view the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund and to apply; CLICK HERETo find childcare on the online childcare map; CLICK HEREChildcare factsheet; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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JSE to list copper and silver futures

first_img5 August 2010 The JSE’s commodity derivatives market reinvented itself in 2009; previously exclusively an agricultural market, last year the division broadened its focus to include precious metals and energy products. However, the silver market tends to be volatile due to silver’s dual status as both a precious metal and an industrial commodity: “Silver is somewhat contradictory; investors tend to seek security in precious metals in tough economic conditions, yet during such tough times, industrial usage of silver also slows,” Gravelet-Blondin said. According to the statement, copper, a base metal, is often referred to as the “metal with a PhD in economics”, as its widespread industrial and construction use makes its price very sensitive to global economic trends. While listed on the JSE’s commodity derivatives market, and accessible to all JSE equity derivative members and their registered clients, both futures contracts will reference benchmark settlement prices from CME Group’s COMEX – the world’s primary market for trading futures on metals such as gold, silver and copper. “The opportunity to work with CME Group has increased the products we can offer market participants and complements our future growth strategy,” he explained. The silver price is also closely linked to industrial demand as the metal is commonly used in electrical appliances and medical products. The expansion of the middle classes in emerging economies as well as new industrial applications for silver may contribute to a long-term rise in industrial usage. As with the existing foreign-referenced commodity futures, local market participants do not need to open accounts with international brokers or require Reserve Bank clearance to transfer forex to meet margin requirements, as all trade takes place locally. “The introduction of these foreign-referenced metals contracts forms part of the JSE’s continued drive to bring global markets closer to local traders in a way that is both cost-effective and accessible,” JSE senior GM Rod Gravelet-Blondin said in a statement this week. The listing of these two metals contracts follows on the JSE’s introduction of gold, platinum and sweet crude oil futures in October 2009 thanks to the licensing agreement with CME Group.center_img Precious metal; industrial commodity Contracts are priced and settled in rands with smaller contract sizes compared to the standard COMEX contract to make them more accessible to South African investors. Industrial and construction use Gravelet-Blondin anticipated strong market appetite for copper and silver futures: “These two highly-traded and industrially important commodities are bound to be of interest to local investors.” Forex clearance not required The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is extending its existing licensing agreement with the CME Group, the world’s most diverse derivatives exchange, to list rand- denominated copper and silver futures contracts, giving South African investors further exposure to the international metals market. Demand for copper has been impacted by the global recession with usage declining sharply in the US, Europe and Japan. However, copper bulls believe that in the long-term the demand for copper will rise as emerging countries continue to industrialise. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Former Nokia Exec Claims CEO’s “Burning Platform” Memo a Hoax

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement To catch you up, Engadget first reported on the details of this memo, reportedly sent from Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop to employees in order to “shake things up” at the company. Then, in an update to the original blog post, Engadget said they had heard from multiple, trusted sources that the memo is, in fact, real.The full memo is available here. We won’t repost it on this site, but you should certainly click through and have a read.The name of the memo – the “Burning Platform” as it’s now being called – comes from the line below:“We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning.”To outsiders not closely following Nokia’s moves in the mobile industry, the memo seems legit, the typical rallying cry of a failing empire determined to climb back on top. It’s certainly not the first time such a memo has been seen. Yahoo’s peanut butter manifesto from 2008 is another memorable example of an internal company document leaked to the press, with a similar message: we must change or we’re doomed! Former Nokia Exec Pokes Holes in Memo, Calls it a HoaxBut Ahonen says this particular memo has holes – glaring, gaping holes that make it sound like either the memo is a hoax, or worse, Elop has no idea what he’s talking about. (Ahonen’s betting on the former, however). He says the memo sounds like a U.S. analyst writing what he wishes Nokia would say, from a U.S. viewpoint.The full breakdown of these errors is here, but these are the notable bullet points:The memo claims Apple owns 61% of the “over 300 dollar phone’ segment: Ahonen says this is patently wrong, and is based on U.S. market share, not global market share. The memo mentions Apple and Google, but not Chinese brands like ZTE, Huawei, G’Five, etc., all of which compete on the low-end handset front with Nokia devices. A top Nokia competitor is Samsung. With its highly successful bada OS, which has passed Nokia in dumbphones in Europe and is gaining in Asia, and especially China, is ignored. That makes it sound like the CEO doesn’t understand Nokia’s competition or how Samsung is moving into the smartphone space. Elop supposedly writes Nokia “missed big trends.” But Nokia watchers know that the company was ahead of the curve on many trends. Perhaps it executed poorly, says Ahonen, but it did not “miss” them. Some examples he gave of where Nokia has innovated, often first: touchscreens, Internet phones, consumer smartphones, gaming phones, an app store, maps, mobile money, near field communications and dual SIM phones. Ahonen says there’s no way a Nokia CEO would be unaware of these innovations. The memo says Nokia is “years behind,” but on what? Ahonen says the Ovi App Store is second to Apple’s, Symbian S^3 is on 5 million handsets and NFC is already on handsets (in other words, years ahead). The problem isn’t that Nokia’s behind, but that it is executing poorly, which is the message a Nokia CEO would want to send out, Ahonen claims.Qt, a major initiative to simply development for Nokia phones and a centerpiece of Nokia’s strategy is not mentioned in the entire memo. Android now leads in smartphones, the memo says. This refers to the Canalys numbers from Q4 2010, which Ahonen says is not true (…yet). The memo says there will only be one MeeGo phone in the market by the end of 2011. What’s odd about that statement is that it’s only February. The CEO could accelerate MeeGo development if he wanted to. The memo makes no mention of Nokia’s MeeGo partner, Intel or DoCoMo, Nokia’s largest partner in Symbian. The memo calls North America a “leading market.” Ahonen says that the most advanced market is Japan, then South Korea, then other Asian economies, then Western Europe. When discussing markets and loyalty, the memo neglects to mention China and India, despite the fact that Nokia has been losing market share in those countries.A Hoax? Taken out of Context? A Misguided CEO?…Or Real?There’s a lot more to each item above, of course, but the bottom line is that the memo doesn’t sound as if it was written by a Nokia CEO…unless “Nokia is led by a delusional psycopath who willingly suspends reality,” Ahonen writes. While that might be taking it a bit far, there are certainly some valid points made here.A third possibility – besides the memo either being a hoax or written by a “deluded” CEO – is that the memo is real, but this is only a part of it, taken out of context. Perhaps these items were in the memo under a heading “others are saying this about us,” Ahonen says.And of course, despite what Ahonen believes, there’s also the possibility that the memo is entirely real, as has been reported. It’s up to you to decide if you agree with that.Legit or not, the memo’s overall message – that Nokia has changes to make – is on point. Nokia needs to reveal its smartphone strategy and needs to do it quickly before it falls further behind in that market. The question on everyone’s mind today is whether Nokia will continue with MeeGo, partner with Microsoft or Google or do some sort of combination of all those things. Whatever the case may be, it sounds like next week’s Mobile World Congress will reveal some interesting answers regarding Nokia’s plans. sarah perez Consultant, author and most importantly, former Nokia executive Tomi T. Ahonen, is claiming that the widely-reported memo sent from new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to Nokia company employees may be a hoax. According to Ahonen, there are several parts of the memo that “don’t ring true” – and not just odd turns of phrase, either, but “astonishing errors” and “obvious missing pieces.” He believes the memo may in fact be an out-and-out hoax put forth by an American mobile analyst, or someone who shares that same point of view.Nokia’s “Burning Platform” Memo Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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Carrier Theories Meets Harsh Reality Of Competing With Amazon

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Carrier clouds should be killing Amazon. They own the networks. They own the billing relationship with business customers. Yet they’re struggling to make the slightest dent against the Amazon Web Services behemoth, which Morgan Stanley just pegged to impact 3% to 17% of all IT spending in the next few years.Is there any reason to expect this to change?More Than Just Dumb PipesFor years telcos have looked for ways to maximize the value of their networks, getting away from the characterization that they’re merely “dumb pipes.” In theory, cloud computing is an ideal way to do this and plays to the carriers strengths: existing billing relationships with businesses that need cloud computing resources and ownership of the networks so as to ensure quality of service. As Alcatel-Lucent has been telling the world since at least 2011, most cloud providers can’t promise high service-level guarantees because they rely on others’ networks and commodity, failure-prone hardware.More recently, carriers like AT&T have been talking up the capability to “expose [a carrier’s] network and billing capabilities as APIs, letting business customers seamlessly integrate AT&T’s capabilities into their own internal apps without extra logins.” In order to compete, telecom operators like AT&T have spent $17 billion to build out their cloud technology portfolios, according to IDC, including Verizon’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Terremark in 2011 to give it a lead in cloud computing know-how.The technology is there. The will is there. What seems to be missing for the carriers is a focus on the right customer. Overlooking The DeveloperAt the most basic level, carriers have proved to be terrible marketeers of cloud services. In large part this revolves around the person to whom the carriers market their services: businesses.After all, the carriers largely ignore the developer, and that’s a huge mistake in a market that is driven by developers. As much as carrier clouds may make sense for a business with an existing billing relationship with Verizon or another carrier, it’s almost certainly the case that the person actually writing applications for the cloud isn’t privy to that billing relationship. Instead, she’s the developer down the hall who signs up for AWS because she just wants to get work done as conveniently as possible.AT&T’s Laura Merling gets this, and has been nudging the carrier toward open APIs in a bid to attract developers. It’s a good start, but has it come too late?The Google In The RoomAfter all, Amazon isn’t the only company with developer cred. Google, for example, groks developers. Google I/O was one big geek fest, with the opening keynote lasting hours and bursting with developer love.Nor is Google’s developer outreach merely a matter of marketing. According to one ex-AWS engineer, Google also threatens Amazon because it arguably bests Amazon in compute performance. And while Amazon makes developers happy with consistent price decreases, Google has gone one step further and offered minutely, rather than hourly, rates, which saves developers on downtime. Google, then, is a legitimate threat to Amazon. The carriers? Not so much. Not until they stop trying to sell top-down to businesses and instead recognize that the cloud is very much a bottom-up phenomenon, driven by and for developers.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Matt Asay Tags:#Amazon#AWS#Carriers#cloud#developers#Google center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

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Kansas Shooting: Widow of Indian Man Calls For Action on Hate Crimes

first_imgThe widow of an Indian man killed in a Kansas bar said she was constantly worried about violence against foreigners in the United States, but her husband had assured her everything would be OK. Related Itemslast_img

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